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Before Rebecca Pearcy had an empire of handmade awesomeness (better known as Queen Bee Creations), she made indie folk pop gems out of Olympia, Wa. These 11 songs feature an all-star cast of musicians (including Nate Ashley and Nora Danielson) and has brilliant cover photography and set design by Tae Won Yu.

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Rebecca Pearcy- Natural Disaster

Last one + Sale! Ten inches of truly odd vinyl from long lost Olympia band, Space Ballerinas.

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The long-awaited debut from Olympia supergroup Guidon Bear. Songwriter Mary Water (Little Red Car Wreck) combines with drummer/multi-instrumentalist Pat Maley (Lois, Courtney Love) and synth-player E. Michael Bradley (Parent Band)—all veterans of the '90s Olympia music scene—to create infectious and subtly complex pop songs about real-life nightmares, boot camps, late bills, and scraping by...[ continued ]

Sale! Operatic synth weirdness featuring Anna Oxygen. A lost Olympia oddity.

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Space Ballerinas- Neptune

An introduction, ten acts, and five intermissions preparing for the possible loss of what we have. Guitar, cello, voices, and a ton of little instruments. Indie-chamber-folk, perhaps. Listen on Bandcamp.

“To sum it up in a short phrase: pure brilliance.” -Fensepost

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Letters- You Make Me Feel (Like the Island Im Not)

Seattle's Black Cat Orchestra has recorded with everybody from David Byrne to Mirah, appeared on This American Life, and been a go-to chamber group since 1991. This album has 11 songs that span Italian arias to Turkish rock.

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The Black Cat Orchestra- Escrevi Um Bilhetinho

An Olympia classic. This 1999 Yoyo Recordings studio compilation has 22 songs that give a snapshot of the scene from that era. The Microphones, Mirah, C Average, The Need, IQU, and many more.

The Microphones- Wake Me Up

Seven power pop anthems from long-running Australian band, The Cannanes. Sounds like nothing else. Recorded in Olympia in the mid-90s and released on Yoyo Recordings.

The Cannanes- Pillows

A triple (!!!) LP with recordings from the legendary Yoyo A Go Go festival in Olympia, Wa. These are among the last of the original printing. Beautiful and collectible. Beck, Neutral Milk Hotel, Unwound, Karp, The Halo Benders, Codeine, Mecca Normal, Mary Lou Lord, Godheadsilo, Team Dresch, are just a few of the artists on this amazing compilation.

Mecca Normal- I Walk Alone (Live at Yoyo a Gogo)

From the golden era of Olympia music. A double-vinyl release with recordings from the legendary Yoyo A Go Go festival. Featuring: Sleater-Kinney, The Mountain Goats, Modest Mouse, Built to Spill, Mirah, Elliott Smith, Dead Moon, Karp, and many many more. The last copies from the original printing! Beautiful and collectible.

Available on double LP or CD. 

Sleater Kinney- Dance Song 97 (Live at Yoyo a Gogo)